Has Reality TV Overrun Television?
Thirteen years ago, the most popular television shows were Frasier, Friends, and E.R: fun loving sitcoms. The top rating shows currently on primetime television are American Idol and The Voice: reality shows (Fahner, par. 3). Television has become overrun by reality television, pushing sitcoms and other programs to the side. Reality television is infamous for its questionable depictions of life, and it id debated upon whether it is considered quality programming. Though there are certain reality television shows with reedeemable qualities, the vast majority of them do not come close to being considered quality televison.
Most reality television shows that target an adolescent audience tend to display questionable morals and behaviors. In a recent survey conducted by the Girl Scouts Research Institute, it was concluded that girls who are regular viewers of reality TV tend to agree that you have to be mean or lie to get what you want. Reality TV is so impactful upon young viewers because they truly believe that the show depict real people in real scenarios; they don't get all of the manipulation producers make behind the scenes (Weiss, par. 4, 17). If most of what a teenager knows is what they've seen on TV, which is absolutely plausible, adolescents could create unneccessary problems involving money, relationships, and grades (Clark, par. 9). The excessive drinking, partying, and fighting going on in the Jersey Shore house is a perfect example of such detestable behavior. A recurring trend though most reality television is the importance placed on appearance and social status. Girls who were interviewed in 2007 by Jennifer Pozner, executive director of Women in
Media and News, stopped being critical of the way Tyra Banks attacked the appearance of contestants on America's Next Top Model (Weiss, par. 6-7). Most girls saw nothing wrong with Tyra's vicious attacks...
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